Sewing workshops with the avid seamstress

The Avid Seamstress Workshops

We love sewing at The Avid Seamstress but you know what we love more? Meeting you! Come and sew with Lisa, the designer at The Avid Seamstress! Join our: private lessons Join a fun day or evening “This is a sewing machine” workshop at Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead and learn how to use a sewing machine and sew! Make the Sheath Dress in a fun filled “Dress in a Day” at Sew In Brighton. Simply click on the workshop image you are interested in and it will take you to the page with all the info and booking options!…

Our gorgeous patterns are now in the USA!

It’s been an exciting wait and I’m delighted that Stitch Sew Shop is now open! This gorgeous shop is our US stockist so if you would love to get your hands on one of our patterns and live in the US it’s now super easy! Located in picturesque Old Town Alexandria, Stitch Sew Shop is a sanctuary for the modern maker; a space to gather, a space to learn and to be inspired, a space in which to be part of a community. Stitch Sew Shop has gathered gorgeous fabrics, patterns, notions, books & tools from all over the world, in…

Come and meet The Avid Seamstress at Fabric Godmother’s Open Day on 9th April

I am super excited to be visiting Fabric Godmother on the 9th April for their Open Day! Come and meet me between 2-3pm and we can chat about The Avid Seamstress sewing patterns, look at your fabric choices and drink tea! The wonderful Josie from Fabric Godmother is opening her doors for you to come and have a browse of Fabric Godmother’s wonderful dressmaking fabrics and Indie sewing patterns.  Come along meet other sewing fans, have a natter and a cup of tea or coffee. Date: Saturday 9th April 2016 Time: 11h00 – 16h00. Avid Seamstress 14h00-15h00 Location:  Fabric Godmother Unit E11, Knoll Business Centre, Old…

The Sheath Dress, you, me and Fabric Godmother!

Yes! you read right! I am going to be at the Fabric Godmother’s gorgeous shop on the 14th May doing a workshop on the Sheath Dress!  Come and join this brilliant day and make this amazing dress with me. About the sewing class: The Sheath Dress is a gorgeous dress that you will want to make again and again in lots of fabrics.  A perfect sewing project for someone that it at the beginner stage of sewing and would like to have a fun day making up this dress with me – Lisa – the owner of The Avid Seamstress. I will teach you…

What Katie Sews – The Day Dress

Wow! We sent Katie from “What Katie Sews” our Day Dress pattern and she has made the most incredible version! She adjusted the back neck and we think it looks great! She wrote these great comments: “Firstly, it’s in my preferred format of paper patterns. The packaging is really pretty and all top quality materials – a nice bellows envelope with string tie (making it easier to pack away), sturdy waxed pattern tissue, and an extremely comprehensive instructions booklet. It’d be a perfect pattern for beginners because the instructions are very clearly illustrated and also give you the all-important ‘why’…

The Raglan – by June (our lovely sewing friend)

June, thank you so much for sending us the pictures of The Raglan you made, not once but twice, for your granddaughter. They look gorgeous in both fabrics. I am sure she is going to love them! June’s feedback on the pattern was “the pattern was easy to follow and quick to make up. I really liked the tip to use the ironing board for the pockets and the hem, I have always struggled to get hems  straight so will use the idea again. What I would like now is a similar pattern for an adult tunic!” We’ve had so much…

New workshops for Jan/Feb/Mar

Come and join our workshops for 2015! Learn to sew or make some gorgeous projects at our fun and fabulous workshops. They take place in two locations in North London – Fortis Green and Palmers Green. Click on the IMAGES below to go straight to the workshop pages on our website for more details and to book! Beginners Absolute beginners class – learn how to use a sewing machine and how to sew accurately plus some great tips and tricks. Use your fabulous new skills to make a gorgeous wheat & lavender filled pillow. Fabric, wheat and lavender provided in the…

Christmas pressie idea – Make up bag

With Christmas around the corner the most special gift you can give is one made with your own hands! Here is my tutorial on this fab make up bag which is absolutely gorgeous! This make up bag is fully lined so all those stitches will be hidden inside! Give it a go! You will need: x2 Fabric 26cm width by 18cm length x2 Lining 26cm width by 18cm length x2 Interlining 26cm width by 18cm length (you will only need interlining if you are using a very soft fabric for the front. Don’t use it if using a cotton canvas or plastic…